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Product Details

  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Nelson Books (Dec 14 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785288112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785288114
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #630,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

In this latest treatise, leadership mega-guru Maxwell (The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership) taps a rich vein of corporate angst: the plight of the middle manager, saddled with responsibilities but lacking real power, torn by conflicting tasks and time-management dilemmas, seething with thwarted ambition. As Macbeth shows, it's a predicament fraught with tragic potential, but the staid, platitudinous treatment given it by Maxwell and ghostwriter Charlie Wetzel drains away the drama. They generally counsel acceptance of limitations. Maxwell tells middle managers to work diligently in subordinate positions, support the CEO's vision, find the good in incompetent or malevolent leaders, infiltrate their bosses' emotional lives ("Listen to your leader's heartbeat.... What makes them laugh?... Cry?.... Sing?") and "stand up for your leader whenever you can." They can thus exert an unsung but crucial "influence" over higherups, while themselves practicing a higher, sublimated form of leadership by selflessly nurturing the potential of their own colleagues and underlings. Unfortunately, Maxwell's practical advice boils down to vague truisms ("when you find a problem, provide a solution") or clichés ("If your boss is a golfer, you may want to take up the game"). His bland injunctions to resignation, patience and self-effacement are unobjectionable, but also uninspiring. (Jan. 10)
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About the Author

John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 13 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and INJOY Stewardship Services.


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I think this is a really useful book for new leaders; it nicely encapsulates many of the ideas we have about leadership and directs the reader on how to think through their own positions and make plans to meet their goals. I am a bit surprised by the review from Publishers Weekly here on the page - luckily I didn't see it before purchasing the book. I wanted something more radical and innovative, and perhaps they did too, but this is really useful to the purposes of talking to new leaders about their roles.
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I have probably read 8 or so leadership type books in the past 5 years and this one remains as one of the best. It starts from the perspective of leading thyself first, and then continues from there by examining how others will relate to one who leads, as opposed to one who simply manages. It is a very easy and enlightening read and does not get bogged down with jargon and overtly technical theoretical study. I highly recommend it.
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It's ironic that, according to some pundits, most leadership books are read by middle management. And finally we have a book that targets those in the middle, leading a little, being led, and sharing leadership with others.

In his usual polished style, Maxwell tells stories gleaned from business and leadership. He has gathered quotes from around the world and weaves them together to teach about leadership and success.

Maxwell begins by dismissing many myths about leadership. He argues that we need to lead wherever we are. We need to begin thinking about being leaders long before we are recognized as being part of leadership because there are tangible benefits both now and in the future.

Maxwell carries on by explaining where our influence lies, specifically in these 5 areas:

1. Position - Influence because of your role.
2. Permission - Influence because of your character.
3. Production - Influence because of your production.
4. People Development - Influence because of who you've mentored.
5. Personhood - Influence because of your personality.

John Maxwell also focuses on direction of leadership ' up, across, and down.

When leading up well, we must help our leaders by anticipating what our leaders need and then shouldering some of their load. It is also important to anticipate and use the time we have well, getting to know them and how to work with them.

When leading across well, we need to complete rather than compete, being a friend rather than a competitor.

When leading down, place people where they will thrive, modeling the behaviours you with to see. In the end, you are most effective as a leader when your vision is clear and you reward the behaviours you want to see.
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